Hamas official reveals: Military arm holding 30 IDF soldiers

Israel National News reports: “A senior Hamas official has said that the terror group’s military arm is holding 30 abducted IDF soldiers.

The official, who spoke to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed but whose name was not publicized, said that Hamas ‘trapped’ 30 soldiers on October 7, and that the soldiers are now ‘far from the hands of the occupation.’

He also criticized Israel’s statements that Hamas only offered to release 20 hostages in a prisoner swap as ‘incorrect.’

The official added that the captive soldiers and commanders are ‘being held in high-security locations, and are very far from the hand of the occupation – it is impossible to reach them under any circumstances.’

According to him, the proposed prisoner swap deal includes three stages: the release of living civilians, the release of living soldiers, and the exchange of corpses. In Israel, it was reported that Hamas proposed to release just 20 hostages in the first stage, Galei Zahal reported…”

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